Opinion

Internet Radio Fairness Act would end the music monopoly

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Bill Wilson
President, Americans for Limited Government

Rather than organically promoting supply and demand within the free market, the current system is based on the government imposing an unfair and discriminatory burden on one segment of the economy so that another might benefit.

Grover Norquist and his group have helped foster free markets and liberty on many occasions, but in this instance they are clearly lobbying against the “market economy” and in favor of a handful of special interests hell-bent on preserving their anti-competitive position. Meanwhile, far from imposing “price controls,” Chaffetz’s bill merely seeks to impose checks and balances on a government board that has been manipulating the market for years.

In other words, Chaffetz would substitute market-based fairness for the rigged government methods currently being used to set these royalties. It’s also worth noting that the so-called “market” solution advocated by Norquist does not include anti-trust or anti-competitive restraints against price-fixing — the very thing he accuses Chaffetz and his allies of pushing.

The Internet has become a vibrant component of virtually every marketplace on earth — removing barriers, expanding consumer choices and enhancing economic competitiveness. True free market conservatives believe that its competitive spirit — and the “Spirit of Radio” — should be embraced, not unfairly constrained.

Bill Wilson is the president of Americans for Limited Government.